After a female audience member died, while another was injured in an accident during a studio taping of the variety game show “Wowowin,” Willie Revillame has implemented new rules in the GMA Network game show.
“Meron lang po kaming announcement, yung mga manonood dito sa show, huwag niyo na po isama ang mga bata… Yung may mga karamdaman, lolo, lola, huwag na po kayo mag-aksaya ng panahon, babawal na po namin ‘yan. Ayaw po namin ng ganyan,” the host declared.
During its March 12 episode, Revillame also reminded viewers that his program is not a charity show, “Itong programa na ito ay nagbibigay ng saya but it’s also a game show. Game of chance… Kung manalo kayo, mabuti. Pero huwag po kayo pipila diyan at hihingi sa amin ng pera pampa-opera, pampalibing.”
He then stressed to the audiences that, “Hindi po ako mayor. Hindi po ako nasa politika. Ako po ay nandito para magpasaya at wala pong kinikilingan. Yung nangangailangan ay tutulungan at ang mga nanloloko, babalewalain.”
Only those between 17-70 years old will be allowed to enter the studio while those who are aged 100 years old and older could simply write the program and Revillame promised that he would send them a jacket.
“Pagpasensyahan niyo na. Ako nagdesisyon nito, walang iba. Kasi kawawa yung mga bata at lola’t lolo. Sana’y intindihin niyo,” said Revillame.
The tragic event in reference to these new rules set by the host took place in the Wowowin studio last January 22, 2019 where two women “lost their balance while singing and dancing during the opening act,” according to the statement released by GMA Network and WBR Entertainment.
Estrella Bognot, 76, hit her head on a fire extinguisher when she fell from a height of 7 1/2 feet while Milagros Espiritu, 68, suffered a fracture.
Wowowin has always been a show that’s full of laughter, jovialty, and hope. But, during an episode taping last Tuesday, January 22, the usual lively set was replaced by sadness and worry.
As the audience members were dancing for the pre-recording of the show, two women suddenly tripped from the bleachers and fell to the floor. One hit her head with a fire extinguisher while the other fell straight to the floor.
They were immediately rushed to the Delgado Hospital. One suffered from a leg injury, while the other died.
According to Cristy Fermin on her Bandera column last January 25, “Sobrang lungkot ng buong produksiyon sa naganap, halos hindi makapagsalita si Willie, dahil napamahal na sa kanya ang lahat ng mga kababayan nating nagluluwasan mula sa malalayong probinsiya para lang manood ng Wowowin.”
“Malungkot na malungkot ngayon ang aktor-TV host, wala nga naman siyang gusto kundi ang magpasaya ng ating mga kababayan sa pamamagitan ng Wowowin, pero hindi niya naman hawak ang emosyon ng mga kababayan natin kapag nagsisimula na ang programa.”
According to the statement from GMA Network, the deceased was identified as Estrella Bognot. She and Milagros Espiritu “lost their balance while singing and dancing during the opening act”.
It was unclear whether Bognot died before reaching the hospital.
“WBR Entertainment and GMA Network deeply commiserate with, and extended immediate assistance to, the families and loved ones of the victims,” the statement read.
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